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“Not the best Italian in NYC”
Review of Luxe - CLOSED

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Neighbourhood: Midtown
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
Reviewed 5 June 2008

I travel internationally for a living and cost is not a consideration, being on an expense account. I like Italian and I judge Italian places on Veal Picaittca. Luxe falls far short on the main course. I have had better in Bethlehem PA. The veal was tough, whether that was from poor quality/grade or poor preparation is open to disscussion. The green beans were poor and appeared to be under cooked canned rather than under done steamed fresh. For NYC where the competion is fierce this is unexcusable. Comments to the hostesssd waiter on this did not elisit a response from managment Something that is so basic that Chilie's managers have learned. The caprese salad was straight out of the fridge and could have used better integration of the basil. One sprig doesn't really cut it.

Service was intially attentive but later fell off. If the place became packed I would have understood but at a 20% fill it was intolerable.

On their present course I do not see a rosy future for Luxe and unfortiunatly I can not reccomend it. At the prices they charge you could go elsewhereand get much better.

Thank PhillyTravelling
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Reviewed 20 April 2008

I love to eat/drink in this recently-opened well-kept-secret dining oasis incongruously tucked away in the heart of a gritty typical Garment Center block (!!), right near Macy's, The Javits Center, a block north of Madison Square Garden and also next door to the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel. There's a cute little brass-railed sidewalk cafe upfront and a relaxed entry bar which leads into (and here's the ultimate surprise and totally unheard of in this area) - a white tablecloth votive-lit dining room (!) leading through glass doors to this gorgeous walled-for-privacy dining garden, with tons of lush flowers and palms, lit-up fountain, wall sconces, bright canvas umbrellas and awnings, more. The traditional regional Italian food with a New American twist is delish - I adore the hand-made tortellini in a four-cheese sauce and their special (very rich) made-on-premise tiramisu and the after-dinner hand-brewed private label grappa will give you a mellow mega-buzz, for sure, along with the great list of exotic custom-blend $6 (!) Martinis at the bar's daily happy hour. The warm and professional service makes me feel so relaxed (not a smidgin of NYC attitude here...) and owners Victor (who is also the executive chef and a former Carmine's GM) and Martin will make you feel so at home. Oh, forgot to mention the amazing weekend brunch...Eggs Park Avenue, anyone?? and also that Luxe is open 7 days a week until midnight, as well.

1  Thank savvyblonde
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